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Manila City Acting Mayor Honey Lacuna inspecting more than 20 tons of imported contraband meat from China seized by authorities in Tondo

Tondo raid yields P20m worth of 'hot meat'

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Some P20 million worth of illegally imported Chinese meat was confiscated n a raid in old houses that had been turned into cold storage in Tondo, Manila on Monday.

Manila’s Veterinary Inspection Board and the Manila Police District (MPD) confiscated the banned food items inside apartments and old houses along Juan Luna Street in Manila on August 27.

A raid of nine storage houses was conducted and yielded 20 tons of illegally imported meat such as boxes of duck blood, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, fish, pail of seaweeds which were either expired or nearly expired.

According to Acting Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, they received information that the illegal meat were being sold in the markets.

Lacuna said the facility is owned by a Chinese who was not present during the raid.

The caretakers of the facility could not present a business registration or barangay permit.

“We are still trying to know if these Chinese meat products have been distributed,” she said.

Lt. Col. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, commander of Raxabago-Tondo Police Station said what they fear was that the banned items will be sold in the markets.

“Delikado talaga ito… kung mapunta ito sa kamay ng mga enterprising individuals na lilinisan, huhugasan, aalisin ang amoy at ibabalik sa palengke o ibebenta nila o ilalako nila, (This is dangerous especially if this will get  in the hands of enterprising individuals who will clean, wash, and remove the foul odor and will bring it back to the market to sell it), he said.

The frozen items will be destroyed in Porac, Pampanga.

Magdaluyo said the owners of the warehouses are still being established but a Chinese national was brought to MPD Station 1 after he was caught in the act of delivering meat in one of the warehouses.

Dr. Nick Santos, Manila Veterinary Inspection Board Enforcement head said the Chinese national will face charges for violating the Meat Inspection Code and Port Safety Act of the Philippines.

Last August 24, a special enforcement squad was created to intensify the local government’s campaign against hot meat.

The enforcement squad is directed to check and verify establishments engaged in food trade to ensure that their products have undergone proper inspection and quality control procedures by authorized personnel.

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